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As long as he was prime minister, he could negotiate with the president for a pardon
Sources indicate that the children of a prime minister usually get protection from the special "Magen" unit of the PMO, which gets directives from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
Liberman's approach would help push more people to rejoin the workforce but could spell disaster for thousands of breadwinners that are still legitimately struggling to find work.
The 36th government will serve under Naftali Bennett * Yair Lapid is expected to take over as prime minister in August 27, 2023
In 2012 Bennett won the primary to head Bayit Yehudi, and Lapid formed his Yesh Atid party. Both parties did well in the 2013 election. That was just the beginning for them both.
Chinese company banned in US competing for Tel Aviv light rail tender to be decided in coming days.
Whether the “Balfour” title will apply indefinitely to the Prime Minister’s Residence, or whether it will be packed in one of Netanyahu’s suitcases if and when he leaves, is anyone’s guess.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: Like Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, the new government will have to do several things quickly and flawlessly.
The unnamed man was the third associate of Litzman's to be arrested within three days as part of an investigation into a wide-ranging fraud scheme in the health sector.
The signing of these agreements, brings to an end two and a half years of political crisis," said incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
So far, the only agreement signed has been between Yesh Atid and Meretz.
Ultra-Orthodox parties have wielded heavy influence over matters of religion and state under Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: As he prepares to leave office next week, we look at Israel’s longest-standing prime minister and the indelible mark that he’s leaving on the country.
DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: With international pressure around Jerusalem, Iran nuclear talks gaining momentum and shaky bipartisan support in the US, the new government will have to hit the ground running.
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Here’s a look at some of the most pressing challenges facing incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett and incoming finance minister Avigdor Liberman.
Barkat, who is the richest politician in Israel, funded free dinner and parking for the attendees. There were hamburgers, arais, asado, chicken, rice, noodles, fish and chips, desserts and wine.
The outpost was built last month by the Nahala movement near the Tapuach junction in the aftermath of the shooting death of Yehuda Guetta.
The leak of the coalition deals was proof of sabotage attempts from within the coalition, knowledgeable sources said.
The concern is less that the Jewish character of the state will disappear, and more the impact of being in the opposition will have on the budget going to the haredi community.
The disputes include who will oversee efforts to prevent Palestinian construction in Area C and how roads between settlements would be funded.
Barkat will support - not challenge - Netanyahu and will criticize Bennett and Sa'ar for not joining a Netanyahu-led government.
Ohana has been caught on tape threatening police officials regarding their handling of protests for and against Netanyahu.
Bennett warned ultra-Orthodox MKs if their outburst is an attempt to deter the inquiry into the Meron disaster, it won't work.
Yamina MK Nir Orbach announces he will vote in favor of change government, guaranteeing majority in crucial Knesset vote.
Why Netanyahu is still trying to block Bennett but not to trump Trump * Nevertheless, Netanyahu is still trying to prevent Incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett from forming a government.
What has riled these leaders is the modest proposals to reform religious life in Israel proposed by Yamina, as well as the more far-reaching plans of Yisrael Beytenu.
All the component parts of this coalition are aware that it is a unique construction, born of unique circumstances.
Yamina’s coalition agreement with Yesh Atid mentions reforms to the system for Jewish conversion, the provision of kashrut services, and the method of electing the chief rabbis.
Many of the eight parties that are slated to be part of Israel's 36th Knesset have demanded expensive conditions in exchange for their endorsement.
Norwegian Law would bring Anglos into Knesset * The coalition agreement reached by Yamina and Yesh Atid gives significant powers to party leaders.
Yair Lapid won't petition Supreme Court * Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin bucked expectations by not announcing the swearing-in date for government
Shin Bet Director Argaman who raised the issue didn’t attend because the hearing was public.
State announces indictments in "Submarine Affair" against the prime minister's former chief of staff and other senior officials. Netanyahu's closest confidant and ex-navy chief won't be charged.
Incitement talks expand following Shin Bet head's concern over potential loss of life.
Within that archetypal dichotomy, Netanyahu has a right-wing government almost in his grasp, if only Bennett and Sa'ar would agree to sit in his government.
Lapid’s years as a writer and a TV presenter have made him an excellent communicator and one of the Knesset’s best orators, traits that will serve him well as Israel’s chief diplomat.
How does one select a director-general, cabinet secretary, national security adviser and top foreign policy and economic advisers not knowing if one will indeed become the prime minister?
The Knesset vote establishing the new government under Bennett’s leadership is expected to take place on Wednesday.
He warned against empowering Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Labor head Merav Michaeli and Meretz chairman to make decisions about Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retweeted statements made by MK Avichai Chikli shortly after Likud's Twitter account accused social media sites of "political censorship."
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett: No apologies for forming this coalition
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The Yamina leader got only seven seats when Israelis voted, but he turned that into victory in the contest that really counted
Naftali Bennett quells rebellion in Yamina, vows to honor deal with Yair Lapid * Mickey Levy tapped to replace Yariv Levin as Knesset speaker.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS: A country that has had the same prime minister for over 12 years, the same president for 7, and the same head of the Mossad for the last 5-and-a-half now has a new roster.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: Historians will agree that Netanyahu's downfall was caused not by any event, idea or trend, but by his character.
If the rotation-unity setup between Netanyahu and Gantz is any indication, it would be Bennett until the switch in August 2023.
Economists are also optimistic about Avigdor Liberman as potential finance minister. The Yisrael Beytenu leader has previously served as defense minister and foreign minister
“I am confident that under his presidency, the partnership between Israel and the United States will continue to grow.”
Ya'alon says gov't will get country back on track; Ben-Gvir warns of blood on new members' hands.
Bennett, Abbas finalize coalition deal * New governing coalition has been formed and is prepared to replace Netanyahu
It seems like an eternity instead of only a month since Yair Lapid received the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin to form a coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so.
"It's all on Ayelet Shaked now. She's the only real issue left."
Israel needs a government that functions, not just a replacement for Netanyahu.
If elected, Peretz would be Israel's first woman president. If he wins, Herzog would be the first president whose father had been president before.
Deri describes Bennett as ‘little boy' with 6 seats who wants to be prime minister
Likud sources: “Levin has the legal right to delay it by a week. It’s not playing a game with the law."
Protesters held up signs that said "hope," "Love thy neighbor like thyself," and "We are the women we've been waiting for."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Miriam Peretz's opponent, Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog.
The Bennett-Lapid government may not be replete with the right-wingers we have come to know in the past 12 years, but this does not mean that Israel’s enemies will be emboldened, either.
It would fittingly close a circle if Netanyahu reached the pinnacle and ended up leaving it in just as surprising fashion.
They agreed that Bennett would serve first as prime minister until September 2023, after which Lapid would take over until the term ends in November 2025.
Michaeli is expected to be appointed transportation minister and MK Omer Bar-Lev will be public security minister, a post once held by his father, Haim Bar-Lev.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: The next president must be not only socially relevant, but also politically effective, legally informed, and historically inspired. Miriam Peretz will not be as good at this.
"A unity government is doable," a source in the change camp said. "If Bennett wants, it will happen. Portfolios, principles or proposed laws will not prevent it."
Amit Aisman has served as acting state attorney since January 13, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing bloc have prevented him from being granted a full term.
Why the beginning of next week is when Yamina leader Naftali Bennett will take his long-awaited steps to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Smotrich claims that Bennet and Shaked misled right-wing voters when they said a government with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid was off the table.
The prime minister will decide after the meetings whether to endorse one of the candidates or remain neutral. Voting for president is conducted by secret ballot among the 120 MKs.
Yesh Atid is continuing its efforts to finalize coalition agreements with all the parties in the bloc by the end of the week and then present Bennett with a ready government on a silver platter.
Yesh Atid is angry at Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin for blocking votes on bills aimed at harming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Canceling the president vote is the only way to force his hand.
If the Knesset or the government ceases to heed rulings of the High Court or gains enough support to neuter the court, what will the justices have achieved?
MKs are also meeting to discuss a bill that would form a commission of inquiry to investigate the disaster at Mt. Meron on Lag Ba'omer.
Yamina denies report that it will consider joining ‘change bloc’ with Raam again.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The focus of the first days after Operation Guardian of the Walls will be on whether the opposition in Israel will succeed in carrying out the political removal of Netanyahu.
Shimon Shetreet and Yosef Abramowitz are still trying to join the race.
Interior Minister and Shas head Arye Deri would control appointment of chairman, and at least two other committee members, while the chief rabbis would also appoint a representative.
Labor leader Merav Michaeli called on Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid on Tuesday to form a coalition that includes both Arab parties.
Knesset speaker rejects delaying vote past June 2.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Officials in Naftali Bennett's party said the events of recent days have created a situation bringing back the possibility of a right-wing coalition.
The thugs' hatred of those who practice a different religion pales in comparison to the animosity those who are forming a government feel for Netanyahu.
Ten candidates touted for top position in Jewish world, should Herzog become Israel's next president.
"I am not giving up on future cooperation," the Ra'am Party head said. "It could be that these incidents emphasize the need for true partnership with understanding, initiating together."
Israel's dilemma of reconciling religion and state has been ongoing since the country was founded.
The former defense minister encouraged the prime minister to take more action against Hamas, even though a continued escalation could prevent the Yamina leader from forming a government.
Defense portrays ex-Walla CEO as pushing conspiracy, continues to try and undermine his credibility.
One more complication in building a government caused by the escalation: Bennett intends to appoint Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi to a senior ministerial post.
Swearing in delayed to next week, Likud blames the violence on the 'left-wing' coalition.
Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog will formally announce in the days ahead that he is a candidate.
The women’s lawsuit accuses Dov Lipman of trying to silence them and “damage their right to express their truth and their positions.”
Bennett made significant progress in a meeting with Ra'am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas on Sunday, and he will meet with him again with Lapid on Monday.
If violence breaks out after the government is formed, Ra'am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas will not only be able to scream about it like every other MK.
"With all due respect to all of Netanyahu's accomplishments, enough already!"
"Al-Aqsa is a red line," Abbas warned on Saturday. "The aggression toward the holy site and its worshipers is unacceptable and offensive."
Protesting organizations urge the "Bloc of Hope" to complete negotiations, form gov't
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett crossed a hurdle when the Yesh Atid leader inherited Netanyahu’s mandate, but there are still obstacles ahead